Michael Keaton and his acclaimed film Birdman flew away with the top honours at the 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday (01Dec14).

The Batman star nabbed the Best Actor prize for his role as a fallen movie star in Alejandro G. Inarritu's drama, while the film itself won the biggest award of the night for Best Feature.

Upon receiving his accolade, Keaton joked about his former career as the Caped Crusader, and said, "I want to thank the folks of Gotham. It's good to be home."

Julianne Moore took home the Best Actress trophy for her role as a woman with early onset Alzheimer's disease in Still Alice, while other acting accolades went to Dear White People's Tessa Thompson for Breakthrough Actor and Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, who were given a Special Jury Award Ensemble Performance for their wrestling film Foxcatcher.

Meanwhile, Ana Lily Amirpour collected the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Citizenfour, chronicling infamous U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden, won Best Documentary, and despite going into the ceremony with four nominations, Richard Linklater's Boyhood only left with the Independent Film Audience Award.

Special prizes were handed to Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller, who was feted for his career achievement in directing, and Tilda Swindon received a similar award for acting.

Uma Thurman hosted the event held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.